Mud run no trou­ble for Kate

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

The say­ing goes, ‘‘tough times don’t last, tough peo­ple do’’.

Eight-year-old Kate Prid­ham reck­ons she is pretty tough, tough enough to en­ter the Ju­nior Tough Guy & Gal Chal­lenge in Hamil­ton.

The Mata­mata Pri­mary School stu­dent signed up through school and a large group of her fel­low stu­dents par­tic­i­pated.

Kate par­tic­i­pated in the 1.5km An­kle Biter ex­treme off road run­ning course, com­plete with large mud pud­dles from start to fin­ish.

This wasn’t quite what Kate had in mind when she signed up.

‘‘It sounded tough, and I like be­ing tough,’’ she said. ‘‘I didn’t think it would be as hard as it was. ‘‘It was way big­ger than I ex­pected. ‘‘I thought it would be pud­dles of mud and an ob­sta­cle course, in­stead all the way through there was mud.

‘‘My whole pants were cov­ered in mud, up to my hips.

‘‘At the end there was this big pond of mud and I lost my shoe in there. ‘‘When I went over a gate, I fell into the mud. ‘‘It was wet, sticky and gross.’’ The off road race was a fundraiser for Cure Kids, and ev­ery child who signed up needed to ei­ther make a one off do­na­tion, or fundraise.

Cure Kids is a char­ity driven to help dis­cover bet­ter treat­ments and cures for health con­di­tions af­fect­ing chil­dren.

It’s a char­ity close to Kate’s heart, she has a friend who has been bat­tling can­cer.

‘‘I was rais­ing money to help her and peo­ple like her.’’

By ask­ing friends and fam­ily to sup­port her, Kate raised $132.

Ev­ery child who par­tic­i­pated re­ceived a medal, and Kate is pretty happy with hers.

She says it’s a nice re­minder of the day and it’s an event she is happy to have got in­volved with.

‘‘I was proud when I com­pleted it be­cause I fin­ished the race with­out any help.

‘‘I would do it again, but in shorts and I wouldn’t wear my shoes through the mud next time.’’

REXINE HAWES

Kate Prid­ham par­tic­i­pated in the Tough Guy & Gal Chal­lenge in Hamil­ton.

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